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Friends & Family Establish Memorial Scholarship Fund in Honor of Jeff Slama

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI - Friends and family members raise money for student scholarships in memory of Joplin resident Jeffrey Slama.

Slama was murdered in his rural home in October of 2013. He was on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher reporting an invasion when he was shot from behind.

Almost two years later friends and family are dedicating a memorial fund in his honor to support catholic education in the area, raising money for kids to go to school through an upcoming softball tournament.

"He was always reaching out to others in the community, not just in the catholic community but in the community in general, especially after the tornado. he stopped working and concentrated mainly on volunteer work after the tornado in 2011 and so his agenda was helping others," says Jeff Slama Memorial Fund organizer Scott Lone.

Slama a former Knight of Columbus, and his wife Joanne a former Mcauley Catholic High School teacher were very active in the Catholic community and hope to nourish those ideas in students.

Each year a student from the three catholic schools in Joplin will receive a five hundred dollar scholarship from the Jeff Slama Memorial Fund.

The spring softball tournament will be on Saturday, June 27th at the Bassman softball complex. 

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